This is a version of GitHub's Campfire bot, hubot. He's pretty cool.
This version is designed to be deployed on Heroku.
Playing with Hubot
You'll need to install the necessary dependencies for hubot. All of those dependencies are provided by npm.
Hubot has a HTTP listener which listens on the port specified by the
You can specify routes to listen on in your scripts by using the
module.exports = (robot) -> robot.router.get "/hubot/version", (req, res) -> res.end robot.version
There are functions for GET, POST, PUT and DELETE, which all take a route and callback function that accepts a request and a response.
If you are going to use the
redis-brain.coffee script from
you will need to add the Redis to Go addon on Heroku which requires a verified
account or you can create an account at Redis to Go and manually
% heroku config:add REDISTOGO_URL="..."
If you don't require any persistence feel free to remove the
hubot-scripts.json and you don't need to worry
about redis at all.
Testing Hubot Locally
You can test your hubot by running the following.
You'll see some start up output about where your scripts come from and a prompt.
[Sun, 04 Dec 2011 18:41:11 GMT] INFO Loading adapter shell [Sun, 04 Dec 2011 18:41:11 GMT] INFO Loading scripts from /home/tomb/Development/hubot/scripts [Sun, 04 Dec 2011 18:41:11 GMT] INFO Loading scripts from /home/tomb/Development/hubot/src/scripts Hubot>
Then you can interact with hubot by typing
Hubot> hubot help Hubot> animate me <query> - The same thing as `image me`, except adds a few convert me <expression> to <units> - Convert expression to given units. help - Displays all of the help commands that Hubot knows about. ...
Adapters are the interface to the service you want your hubot to run on. This can be something like Campfire or IRC. There are a number of third party adapters that the community have contributed. Check the hubot wiki for the available ones.
If you would like to run a non-Campfire or shell adapter you will need to add
the adapter package as a dependency to the
package.json file in the
Once you've added the dependency and run
npm install to install it you can
then run hubot with the adapter.
% bin/hubot -a <adapter>
<adapter> is the name of your adapter without the
There will inevitably be functionality that everyone will want. Instead of adding it to hubot itself, you can submit pull requests to hubot-scripts.
To enable scripts from the hubot-scripts package, add the script name with
extension as a double quoted string to the
hubot-scripts.json file in this
Tired of waiting for your script to be merged into
hubot-scripts? Want to
maintain the repository and package yourself? Then this added functionality
maybe for you!
Hubot is now able to load scripts from third-party
npm packages! To enable
this functionality you can follow the following steps.
- Add the packages as dependencies into your
npm installto make sure those packages are installed
To enable third-party scripts that you've added you will need to add the package
name as a double quoted string to the
external-scripts.json file in this repo.
% heroku create --stack cedar % git push heroku master % heroku ps:scale app=1
If your Heroku account has been verified you can run the following to enable and add the Redis to Go addon to your app.
% heroku addons:add redistogo:nano
If you run into any problems, checkout Heroku's docs.
You'll need to edit the
Procfile to set the name of your hubot.
More detailed documentation can be found on the deploying hubot onto Heroku wiki page.
Deploying to UNIX or Windows
If you are using the Campfire adapter you will need to set some environment variables. Refer to the documentation for other adapters and the configuraiton of those, links to the adapters can be found on the hubot wiki.
Create a separate Campfire user for your bot and get their token from the web UI.
% heroku config:add HUBOT_CAMPFIRE_TOKEN="..."
Get the numeric IDs of the rooms you want the bot to join, comma delimited. If
you want the bot to connect to
https://mysubdomain.campfirenow.com/room/1024 then you'd add it like this:
% heroku config:add HUBOT_CAMPFIRE_ROOMS="42,1024"
Add the subdomain hubot should connect to. If you web URL looks like
http://mysubdomain.campfirenow.com then you'd add it like this:
% heroku config:add HUBOT_CAMPFIRE_ACCOUNT="mysubdomain"
Restart the bot
You may want to get comfortable with
heroku logs and
if you're having issues.
Also, hebot rocks.